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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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88
very good

971 Ratings
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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 117 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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Sept'13 on tap at Rattle n Hum. On tap. Very smooth & light for triple. Stealthy, in a good way.

06/10/12 From the bottle this is one of the best Belgian Triples. Bite the bullet on the price to savor the best.

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Photo of specksnreds
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, ma, it's a tripel made with rice! It's gonna taste like Bud Lite, except it doesn't. It taste like AWESOME. It tastes like what winners drink. It smells like banana nut bread after you goldenly pour it into your snifter. And the head rises like a summer thunderstorm's anvil head. It has POWER! Tropical fruity flavors shoot out from all directions like heat lightning. Zapping you with a tartness too, and the occasional zap of a hop or two. The rice is light and fluffy on the tongue like a (cloud analogy).

It's not a tripel, it's its own (violent weather analogy) of aromatics. Superb.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 capped bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip, roughly 40 degrees.

Poured with a very effervescent cream white head that sticks. Body is gold to orange but hazy.

Aroma is lemon pepper, licorice and hints of orange/grapefruit. No perceptible hopping. Some fresh cut pineapple notes as it warms (not like you find from hops, but literally fresh cut pineapple slices).

Flavor is dry malt upfront upfront, licorice and dried oranges and apricot. Also dried pineapple, not quite like the pineapple notes in the aroma, more sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry in the finish, near chalkly (I absolutely love tripels this way) very effervescent cleansing the palate. This beer would go fantastic with a well brined Turkey, Duck or Glazed ham.

Extremely drinkable.

Overall, style wise this beer reminds me very much of many Saisons I have had, especially Saisons that have spice additions for flavoring. Hard to tell if the yeast played a huge role in the flavor profile or worked in conjunction with the Thai Basil addition. Either way it is a really delicious and worth seeking out beer. I might hesitate to call it a Tripel, and in BJCP land might argue it is out of style, but as a beer of Belgian style it is completely fantastic.

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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellered for about 9 months
750ml Bottle - Poured into DF Snifter -

Appearance - Was a little surprised on the color of the pour comapred to what a Tripel is normally - Had a Darker Copper Appearance and Head was bright white.

Smell - Stong fruit smell with a hint of clove? -
Taste - Fruity and a little funky for a Tripel but a real good mouthfeel - Tasted Basil, Banana and Orange the most with a hint of clove.

Overall a really good version of a Tripel - Top Notch from the Family Rue =
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4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy orange hued, medium amber. The rocky white head is long lasting and enthusiastic.

S: Medium-high esters orange and a moderate basil dominate the aroma. Moderately-light pepper and light clove phenols with a light malt sweetness.

T: There is an orange to peach like fruitiness with a pepper bite and moderate bitterness. A light malt and honey-like sweetness come out in the middle with an off-dry finish and a little hot. There is a moderately-light basil flavor and moderate spiciness. The balance is towards the bitter an aftertaste of honey and hops bitterness.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. There is a chile pepper like bit in the back of the throat. Kind of viscous but the high carbonation gives the impression of a lighter body. Moderate alcohol warmth, no creaminess and a light astringency.

O: This review was from my notes with no overall impression.

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.